ME Maine Black Bears 55
Maine Black Bears Maine Overall (2-12)
ATS (0-0)
O/U (0-0)
December 29 2018
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RUTG Rutgers Scarlet Knights 70
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Rutgers Overall (7-5)
ATS (5-4)
O/U (4-5)
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
12
Maine Black Bears OFF OFF OFF
2728
Rutgers Scarlet Knights OFF OFF OFF
3040
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
ME OFF OFF OFF
RUTG OFF OFF OFF
Recap

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — As the year is coming to a close and conference play restarting, Myles Johnson is beginning to round into form. The freshman had a career-high in points and rebounds with 10 each for his first career double-double to lead Rutgers past Maine 70-55 on Saturday.

"Playing in the games, it was definitely a learning experience because I redshirted last year," Johnson said. "So it's definitely been a stepping stone, and I think now I'm just trying to get it."

Maine (2-12) led most of the first half, including by double-digits. Rutgers (7-5) took its first lead since 2-0 thanks to a Caleb McConnell 3-pointer to make it 28-27 with 1:15 before the break. Rutgers would go into halftime leading 30-27, and lead by as much as 18 in the second half.

"Especially now that it's the break, campus is dead, so it's just us so we have to bring our own energy, start the game a little bit better," Johnson said. "By the time the second half came, we had energy and picked it up and played hard."

Geo Baker had nine points and nine assists while Eugene Omoruyi added 17 points for Rutgers. McConnell made three 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 14 points.

Isaiah White and Andrew Fleming had 11 points each to lead Maine.

"The message remains the same and we have to keep our heads up. We took a step forward today and I thought we played well for 30-32 minutes. But we have to figure it out," Maine coach Richard Barron said.

BIG PICTURE

Maine: Under the tutelage of first-year coach Barron, who was Maine's women's coach the past six seasons, the Black Bears feature players from 12 countries and five continents.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights will return to Big Ten Conference play, where they are 0-2 after opening up against two of the top teams in the conference in No. 8 Michigan State and No. 15 Wisconsin.

UNDEFEATED

Rutgers is 4-0 vs. Maine in a series dating back to 1924. Coach Steve Pikiell was 17-7 vs. Maine while at Stony Brook from 2005-2016.

HE SAID IT

Maine coach Richard Barron: "I have to do a better job of calling timeouts to stop those runs. They don't seem to happen in 30 seconds, it almost feels like death by a 1,000 cuts. I do feel like our team will remain optimistic and keep working to improve. As Rutgers gets into Big Ten play, I hope this game helps them prepare for what they're going to see."

UP NEXT

Maine: At Brown on Wednesday.

Rutgers: Host Maryland on Saturday.

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Matchup
Black Bears Overall
W/L 2-12
ATS 0-0
Pts For 62.2
Pts Against 71.7
Total 0-0
Black Bears Away
W/L 0-10
ATS 0-0
Pts For 54.9
Pts Against 72.7
Total 0-0
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
2:00 PM
at Rutgers L 70-55
12-22
12:00 PM
CCSU L 93-90
12-16
11:00 AM
at Duquesne L 72-46
12-10
6:00 PM
Maine at Machias W 98-43
12-8
1:00 PM
at Dartmouth L 78-52
12-4
6:00 PM
Fordham W 75-68
12-1
2:00 PM
at St. Peter's L 63-59
11-28
6:00 PM
Princeton L 73-59
11-25
1:00 PM
at Quinnipiac L 58-50
11-20
7:00 PM
at North Texas L 74-63
Avg. Points For 64.7
Avg. Points Against 69.2
ATS 0-0
Over/Under 0-0
Scarlet Knights Overall
W/L 7-5
ATS 5-4
Pts For 69.1
Pts Against 63.0
Total 4-5
Scarlet Knights Home
W/L 6-2
ATS 2-3
Pts For 71.5
Pts Against 60.4
Total 2-3
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-29
2:00 PM
Maine W 70-55
12-22
12:00 PM
Columbia W 68-65 L (-11.5) U (141)
12-15
1:00 PM
at Seton Hall L 72-66 W (6.5) U (138.5)
12-8
1:30 PM
at Fordham L 78-70 L (-7.5) O (130)
12-3
7:00 PM
at Wisconsin L 69-64 W (11.5) O (126.5)
11-30
5:00 PM
Michigan State L 78-67 L (8.5) O (134)
11-28
6:15 PM
at Miami (FL) W 57-54 W (11.5) U (140)
11-23
1:00 PM
Boston University W 54-44
11-19
6:00 PM
Eastern Michigan W 63-36 W (-7) U (134)
11-16
6:00 PM
St. John's L 84-65 L (3.5) U (149.5)
Avg. Points For 64.4
Avg. Points Against 63.5
ATS 4-4
Over/Under 3-5
Scoring
Maine
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Andrew Fleming (F) 38:005-10 50%1-4 25%0-2 0%1520032011
Isaiah White (G) 36:004-9 44.4%2-7 28.6%1-2 50%0113112011
Sergio El Darwich (G) 35:004-9 44.4%0-3 0%2-2 100%2650024010
Vincent Eze (F-C) 25:002-3 66.7%0-0 0%4-5 80%251101308
Larsson Vilgot (F) 31:002-7 28.6%2-3 66.7%0-0 0%040100406
Terion Moss (G) 17:001-3 33.3%1-3 33.3%0-3 0%131002103
Celio Araujo (G) 4:001-1 100%1-1 100%0-0 0%000000103
Dennis Ashley (G) 4:001-3 33.3%0-1 0%1-1 100%000100103
Ilija Stojiljkovic (F) 10:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%011002100
Miks Antoms (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
David Begic (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Solomon Iluyomade (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Stephane Ingo (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Nedeljko Prijovic (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Lewis Wang (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Mykhailo Yagodin (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Rutgers
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Eugene Omoruyi (F) 34:007-12 58.3%0-0 0%3-6 50%3510021017
Caleb McConnell (G) 24:003-8 37.5%3-7 42.9%5-6 83.3%0432014014
Myles Johnson (F-C) 21:004-4 100%0-0 0%2-2 100%61010023010
Geo Baker (G) 35:003-11 27.3%3-9 33.3%0-0 0%019303209
Montez Mathis (G) 19:002-6 33.3%0-3 0%3-4 75%243100107
Ron Harper Jr. (G-F) 17:001-5 20%1-5 20%2-2 100%122000305
Peter Kiss (G) 16:002-6 33.3%1-4 25%0-2 0%341001105
Shaq Carter (F) 12:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%050000202
Shaquille Doorson (C) 11:000-1 0%0-0 0%1-2 50%120000101
Issa Thiam (G-F) 10:000-2 0%0-2 0%0-0 0%110110000
Joey Downes (G) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Nick Brooks (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Mamadou Doucoure (F-C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Luke Nathan (F-C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jacob Young (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000